Heritage Hikes

Winner of The Pitch’s 2004 Best of Kansas City: Best Way to Learn Something New About Kansas City

Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of each neighborhood. “Hikers” receive brochures which contain maps of the neighborhood with dialogue for each significant site noting the address, date built, architect(s) and the building’s description. Your guide is Lucinda Rice-Petrie, a HKC Past President and a current member of the Board of Directors. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education and a Life Certificate to teach in the State of Missouri from the University of Missouri. Lucinda serves as the liaison to Missouri Preservation.

All hikes are rain or shine! Each Heritage Hike from start to completion is around 3 miles hiked.  DRESS ACCORDING TO WEATHER CONDITIONS! No pets please.

Entire Series of 3 Hikes
$60 per person (To purchase a series ticket click any date to proceed.)

Individual Hikes
Members: $25 per person
• Non-Members: $30 per person


Get Tickets here.

Hike One — Return to the Riverfront…The Town of Kansas

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 9:00 AM
Class convenes at the foot of the Pedestrian Bridge on the banks of the Missouri River, where Main Street begins.

A hike of Kansas City’s Old Town District, originally established as Chez les Canses, a fur trading post, by Francois Chouteau in 1826. Men traversed the area before Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery, due to exploration and the fur trade. The Missouri River is responsible for the growth of this settlement which became the Town of Kansas in 1850. We will discuss significant architecture and the area’s history as we hike.

Hike Two — The Village of West Port…The Gateway West

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 9:00 AM
Class convenes in front of the Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road.

By 1836 the village had a population of 50 and its fame grew as the settlement served as the last place for immigrants to purchase supplies before heading west on the Oregon, Santa Fe or California trails. By 1860 the settlement had a population of 5,000 with a record numbers of wagons heading west each day in the spring. Walk the streets, view the architecture and learn about the true Gateway to the West!

Hike Three — Quality Hill…Kansas City’s Silk Stocking Ridge

Friday, September 27, 2019, 9:00 AM
Class convenes in the parking lot of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Broadway & 13th streets.

This area rests on the highest elevation in Kansas City. At the extreme northwest point is the location where Lewis and Clark camped on September 16, 1806. The neighborhood reached its zenith during the 1880s real estate boom. Leading citizens were attracted to the area where mansions were built. Its location offered scenic views of the Missouri and Kansas rivers with easy access to the developing business district to the east.